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Darwendale project – c. $400 million to be invested at first stage of construction of mining and processing complex and of a smelter
12 March, 2018

The Russian - Zimbabwean Darwendale platinum deposit project, being implemented by Great Dyke Investments (PVT) ltd, has nearly finished selection of a general contractor for construction of a mining and processing plant. This plant along with a smelter will process up to 10 million tons of ore to eventually produce up to 855,000 ounces (appr.27 tons) of PGMs and gold per year.

Russian – Zimbabwean JV Great Dyke Investments (Pvt) Ltd (GDI) moves to the next stage of Darwendale deposit development
1 February, 2016

Great Dyke Investments (Pvt) Ltd (GDI), which implements the joint Russian – Zimbabwean Darwendale deposit development project, moves to the stage of design of the mining infrastructure for the Project. Large-scale geological exploration activities were successfully completed at the end of 2015. In total, 130,000 running meters (870 drill holes) were drilled, which made this Project the largest in terms of geological exploration in Zimbabwe for the past decades.

Large-Scale Geological Exploration Activities at Darwendale Deposit Continue
6 May, 2015

In accordance with the long-term strategy of the Darwendale Project implementation, which was approved earlier by the Board of Directors of Great Dyke Investments (Private) Limited, large-scale geological exploration works at the deposit commenced in January 2015. As of beginning of May more than 40,000 running meters have been drilled out of the total 300,000 running meters planned for drilling in 2015–2016.

Large scale exploration work is underway at Darwendale
5 February, 2015

According to the long-term strategy of implementation of the Darwendale Project, which was approved earlier by the Board of Directors of Great Dyke Investments (Private) Limited, large-scale geological exploration activities commenced at the deposit on January 5, 2015.


Board of directors

Since the new strong shareholder joined GDI, the Project management system was modernized and strengthened and a strong management and expert team formed.

Board of directors
Hesphina Rukato
Hesphina Rukato
The Board Chair

Hesphina Rukato, was born in Zimbabwe in 1967, she holds Ph.D. degree (Environmental Management Standards, Johannesburg, South Africa), (Environmental Policy and Planning, Harare, Zimbabwe) and Politics and Administration (Harare, Zimbabwe).

Dr.  Hesphina Rukato speaks Shona and Ndebele, in addition to English and French.

Dr.  Hesphina Rukato started her career with the Ministry of Political Affairs (1990-1993) and later joined the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (1993-1994).

At present Dr.  Hesphina Rukato is Executive Director of Centre for African Development Solutions (CADS). Earlier Hesphina worked at the positions of Senior Advisor for African Security in the Institute of Реасе and Security Studies (IPSS), was Coordinator of African Union’s Реасе and Security Program, occupied the position Deputy Chief Executive and Advisor (Environment and Tourism) in the framework of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD),  participated in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Environment and Tourism Unit).

One of her most recent publications is entitled “Future Africa-Prospects for Democracy and Development under NEPAD”, Africa World Press (AWP), 2010 

Hesphina is the Founder and Board member for the Centre for African Development Solutions (CADS), Deputy Director of Africa Practice (consulting company) and Board member of African Centre for Development and Strategic Studies (ACDESS).